The Probus Club of Royal Tunbridge Wells

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Our President for 2016 was Stanley Ward.


Stanley was born in London and moved down to Kent in 1962. Married to Edith with one daughter Christine, they will be celebrating their Diamond Wedding Anniversary in March 2016


Educated at The Stationers Company Grammar School he served thirty-five years with AVIVA (formerly The Commercial Union Group ).  He had a very successful sales career, his final appointment being to reorganise and lead a team of Account Executives for the City of London Head Office.  Taking early retirement at fifty he then founded Optyca Printing Group Ltd.  Within four years in the early eighties, he had acquired four other printing companies and expanded turnover to £3.5m with a staff of 55.


Stanley has been involved in local politics for many years.  First as a Parish councillor, then a Town Councillor and then as a Borough Councillor representing Paddock Wood.  He finally stood down in May 2015 having served over thirty-two years .  He had the honour of being made Mayor of the Borough in 2003.  


As President of the Tunbridge Wells Twinning & Friendship Assn, he is keen to promote our relationship with Wiesbaden which he visits annually


In his full time retirement he has built and flown model aircraft enjoys reading and the occasional game of chess.  With his wife Edith they have enjoyed motoring extensively throughout Europe with the odd motorhome trips to USA and New Zealand.  No longer an active golfer he still enjoys clay pigeon shooting.



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